Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

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Public Access Design

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We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement particularly among underrepresented communities. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


Free For All?

City Studies

Free For All?

What Parents Need to Know

Technical Assistance

What Parents Need to Know

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Urban Investigations

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares